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(Nature)   Like the Honey Badger, math don't care. Math don't give a shiat   ( nature.com) divider line
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2012-11-08 07:31:38 PM  
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2012-11-08 08:16:43 PM  
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dark side of the moon: FTFA: Another friend, Allyson, was even more blunt: "My initial reaction to the word 'calculus' is not unlike a caveman throwing rocks at the moon in ignorance and fear resulting in blind rage. There is no such thing as ghosts creeping up behind me on the stairs, but there is such a thing as a polynomial monster, and it has hooked teeth and causes chronic yeast infections, I'm sure."

As a woman currently enrolled in Calculus 1, I laughed heartily at this quote. I don't hate math. Rather enjoy it actually. But indefinite integrals are not my favorite thing as of late.

I never thought I'd be the one saying this...

Practice practice practice. The more you do the mental work the easier it gets, and eventually you'll see and remember all sorts of solutions. In math departments there's this motif of "its a solved problem, because I've seen it before".
2012-11-08 08:13:10 PM  
1 vote:
I voted for the loser.

What I don't understand is why the GOP won't just accept the statistical analysis. I cannot imagine that they don't have their own people inside their campaigns that are doing similar analysis. They must know. But the pundits are amazing. Even if you don't "believe" Silver, if you simply look at electoral-vote.com you could see the trend.

Makes no sense. There will be another GOP president some day, and Nate Silver's model will predict it when it happens. Nate doesn't "make" the votes... he just gives a highly confident prediction. No magic.
2012-11-08 07:57:28 PM  
1 vote:

Silverstaff: So, mathematics has a liberal bias now?


Let that sink in.

If Rush et al didn't start attacking Nate Silver, for the audacity of doing math, he likely would have never have gotten all this press. The GOP should be flogged hard for this. Openly and often.
2012-11-08 07:04:18 PM  
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dark side of the moon: As a woman currently enrolled in Calculus 1, I laughed heartily at this quote. I don't hate math. Rather enjoy it actually. But indefinite integrals are not my favorite thing as of late.

I keep telling my wife that everything is easier after algebra II. It's true.

Math works. I may never decide if I think math is a science or not. It is, however, a language. How well you speak the language is one thing. Whether or not you know what the fark you're saying is another.
2012-11-08 06:39:21 PM  
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Actually, Nate's work is waaay to the left side on the purity scale, but it does actually use math.
2012-11-08 05:32:26 PM  
1 vote:
...David Brooks calling Silver "over-rated," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough dismissing him as an ideologue and "a joke," and even Politico's Dylan Byers pondering whether Silver was "a one-term celebrity" - as if it was his name recognition, rather than the numbers, that mattered. And the Unskewed Polls founder, Dean Chalmers, sneered in The Examiner that Silver was "a man of very small stature, a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice that sounds almost exactly like the 'Mr. New Castrati' voice used by Rush Limbaugh on his program...

But the outcry was as much part of the rampant anti-intellectualism that dominates certain circles in our society. In a post at Deadspin, David Roher opined, "It was only a matter of time before the war on expertise spilled over into the cells of Nate Silver's spreadsheets...

Silver is not an oracle, and has never claimed to be, so the over-reaction was just plain silly.

Cut the bullshat. It isn't "certain circles," it's the GOP.

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2012-11-08 04:59:59 PM  
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But math is just an artificial modeling tool developed by humans.
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